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This is a follow-up to The Voyage of the Sable Keech, tracing the journey of an Old Captain, Orbus – a sadist in charge of a crew of masochists - to a planetary wasteland called The Graveyard, lying between the Polity and the Prador Kingdom. An ancient war drone by the name of Sniper has stowed away aboard his spaceship, and the purpose of the journey is not entirely what the captain expected. Also heading in the same direction is the Prador king and the Prador Vrell.

Vrell, having been mutated by the Spatterjay virus into something powerful and dangerous, has seized control of a Prador dreadnought, killing much of its crew, and is intent on heading back to the Prador Third Kingdom to exact vengeance on the King of the Prador, who tried to have him killed. All three ships are heading towards a climatic confrontation to The Graveyard, where underlying truths about the virus are revealed and an ancient menace to civilization reappears....

Listen to more in the Spatterjay series.
©2009 Neal Asher (P)2010 Audible

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  • Andrew
  • Webster, NY, United States
  • 06-01-11

Hard Sci-fi with a steam/cyber punk feel.

Although I somewhat agree with the other reviewer that it was certainly difficult at times to keep everything straight. I do love John Lee's narration work, maybe they had an intern do the editing and mix work.

Besides that though, this book is a bit of a departure from the previous two books in that it takes placed almost entirely off planet. The characters, the plot, and the settings are all done very well.

Although this book may not change your life, it is leaps and bounds above the normal rubbish Sci-fi literature.I would defiinitely recommend it, but be aware that the editing is a bit funky.

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  • Edward
  • Vancouver, WA, United States
  • 01-11-12

More Neal Asher Please!

What made the experience of listening to Orbus the most enjoyable?

Straight ahead, crisp storytelling. It was filled with creative mayhem, imaginative tech and cool characters. Even the bad guys were awesome and interesting.

What other book might you compare Orbus to and why?

Asher's characters are a lot like the warrior characters in Williams Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy. Nobody will ever be as cool as Molly Millions, but a lot of characters in this book come close. In particular a certain war drone AI named sniper.

What does William Gaminara bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Clean narration. Doesn't go overboard creating voices

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My thought on finishing this book was that was,

Any additional comments?

More Neal Asher, Please!

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Need concentration to follow

I listen to all 3 book in the series, they all have the same problem. I had to rewind an re-listen many time.
Need concentration to follow, this series is missing (audio) separation from one chapter or paragraph to an other. You are following what is happening at one place and now you are somewhere else, with different characters. If you had the book in end you could see that their is a switch, in this recording you have to focus a lot to follow those changes... Or may be I am a bad listener with over 500 book listening...

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Brilliant.

Neal Asher is demanding of his readers. His books require a certain intelligence. The rewards of this are interesting well thought out stories.

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Excellent book

A great read. Story starts relatively small but proceeds to encompass large events in a hurry.






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endless jim butcher templates and so little asher

If you could sum up Orbus in three words, what would they be?

original gritty interesting

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

made me laugh alot

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audible continues to produce and present cookie cutter sci fi and doesnt do any more of ashers works I wish they would change.

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  • Ch3nz
  • 01-05-18

very entertaining

mutated crab-like aliens, ancient aliens, AIs, mutated humans. what more can u ask for? love Sniper!!!

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  • Anton
  • 04-15-17

The best epic space fiction I have experienced

If you love Ian M Banks, this will blow you away. I'm off to download the rest of Neal Asher.
He is now one of my favorites of all time.

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  • david
  • 07-07-14

Very well read and enjoyable story

If you could sum up Orbus in three words, what would they be?

Perfectly reasonable SciFi. Enjoyed it very much and the William Gaminara added a great deal to that sense of enjoyment.

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  • john
  • 12-27-12

amazing

Absolutely loved this book. The action was gripping and the science felt entirely plausible. I have read the previous two novels in the same universe set on the same planet, so had a basis for reading in the first place. But I think that this stands on its own, without the need for reading the other two. Also the narration seemed to have the perfect pitch to compliment the prose. I never felt that the wrong choice had been made, which is often a complaint I have in regards to audio books. All in all I recommend this and will certainly be looking for other Neal Asher books in the future.